Aufwader is named after the small and mythical shore-dwelling creatures of the Whitby Witches trilogy, and has been an avid reader of Mr Jarvis’ books for fourteen years. For three of those, she has watched the fan community blossom from the helm of Beyond the Silvering Sea, the Tumblr collective she created to reach out to  ‘Robiny folks’ from across the globe. She has a background in writing of all kinds, and is currently starting out as a professional editor.

In addition to running Silvering Sea and co-piloting the Great Grand (Re)Read, she also reviews the best, brightest, and most obscure in talking animal fiction over at Oh My Fur and Whiskers!, and is often to be found pestering Mr Jarvis and other unsuspecting writers on Twitter.


Matt grew up in Sydney, Australia, the oldest of five in a homeschooling family. He stumbled across The Deptford Mice Trilogy when he was in his early teens, and it quickly became one of his favourite book series of all times. (His siblings all tell tales of how they were traumatised by hearing him read the Mice books out loud to them.) From then on, it became his habit to check out the J row in the young adult / children’s section of any bookstore that he was in, checking to see whether Robin Jarvis had written a new book.

Life took him down a path of studying mathematics and statistics at university, because he figured maths and business would be a lot more lucrative than anything like, say, an arts degree. Ironically, he switched careers to work in the classical music industry and has been there ever since.

Now 38, his interests include music, movies, books (especially the ones he loved as a kid!), theology, playing with his three kids, and exercising outdoors in the gloriously non-British mornings in Australia. In 2014, like Aufwader, he discovered that Robin Jarvis had a Twitter account and he feels like he has been interrupting Robin’s writing via that medium ever since …

You can read Matt’s musings on all sorts of stuff at his blog: including his former blogging projects: the One-Year War and Peace, the And Then There Were None Read-Along, and the Mahler Symphonies Guided Tour. For his thoughts on the future of classical music, check out